Zink Ranch marked the ninth and final round of the 2016 AMA National Enduro Championship. Capping off what’s been another solid season of racing, round nine saw the series champions crowned with Russell Bobbitt walking away as the overall winner.

Eyes on the ground, Shan Moore divulges the finer details from the ‘Ranch…

 

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Attention to detail. KTM’s Off-road team manager Antti Kallonen makes sure packing a backpack for the trail in case Russell Bobbitt has everything he needs in his backpack when out on the trail.

 

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With the 2016 title on the line Russell Bobbitt came into the event with a 21-point lead but he was cautious in the fast and rocky conditions at Zink Ranch.

 

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Cory Buttrick won two tests and never finished lower than third the rest of the day to take the win.

 

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Bobbitt finished 5th, 7th, 8th, 5th, 6th, 5th and 4th in his seven test scores for sixth overall.

 

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Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna rider Andrew DeLong is still feeling the effects of a wrist injury and finished seventh.

 

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Am-Pro Yamaha rider Grant Baylor had an off day and finished eighth.

 

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Bobbitt’s title was his fifth, with the others coming in ’06, ’08, ’09 and ’11.

 

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Fresh off a second consecutive off-road title in Brazil, Ian Blythe was impressive and finished fourth in Tulsa.

 

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Nick Fahringer has struggled with consistency in 2016 and was 10th in Tulsa.

 

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Steward Baylor had a mathematical chance at the title heading into the final round but was still a bit jet-lagged from his trip to the ISDE in Spain where he and his US Junior teammates were second.

 

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Buttrick’s win was his first since Pelion, South Carolina in 2012.

 

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18. Fahringer steers a wide berth around an Oklahoma pump jack.

 

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SRT teammates Cory Buttrick (left) and Steward Baylor hang out after the race. 

 

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New Jersey’s Jesse Groemm enjoyed a surprising second place since suffering a concussion-related seizure just a few weeks ago.

 

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The new first lady of US off-road Kacy Martinez.

 

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Grant Baylor’s Am Pro Yamaha will sport a #3 plate next year. Incidentally he won three rounds in 2016 and will be a definite title contender for 2017.

 

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To the victor go the spoils. 2016 was Bobbitt’s year. And considering it’s been 10 years since his first makes this one all the sweeter.

 

With the 2016 AMA Enduro Championship signing off in style we only have to wait three months until it all starts again at Sumter for round one on February 5th.